The family court’s failure to protect guardians ad litem does not appear to be improving

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Over a decade ago I stopped doing guardian ad Litem work and blogged about why.  I was tired of ad hominem attacks from unhappy litigants—and

Family law is the trailing indicator of cultural change

Posted Saturday, January 28th, 2023 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Jurisdiction, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

Yesterday I lectured for the South Carolina Bar’s annual guardian ad litem training on the topic “Post-COVID Child Custody and Visitation Case Law Update (2020-2022).” 

Closely divided South Carolina Supreme Court determines state constitution protects right to abortion

Posted Monday, January 23rd, 2023 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Jurisdiction, Of Interest to General Public, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

In 1971, South Carolina adopted article I, section 10 as part of the state constitution. That section reads, “The right of the people to be

The South Carolina family law appellate opinions of 2022

Posted Friday, January 20th, 2023 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

For over 13 years I’ve written about every published South Carolina opinion addressing family law.   Every year since 2010 I’ve done a summary listing and

Court of Appeals grants new trial on DSS sexual abuse case based on improperly limited cross-examinations

Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Department of Social Services/Child Abuse and Neglect, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The January 4, 2023, Court of Appeals opinion in SCDSS v. Frank granted a new trial to a father who was found by the family

Best practice is to blind courtesy-copy clients on emails to opposing counsel

Posted Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Law Practice Management, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

I have long believed it to be best practice to courtesy copy clients on all emails one sends in that client’s case.  Doing so helps

Supreme Court remands for new custody trial based on stale record

Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Appellate Procedure, Child Custody, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

On November 23, 2022, the South Carolina Supreme Court partially granted a writ of certiorari, and remanded the case of Rossington v. Rossington for a

Maybe you’re simply a bad parent

Posted Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Child Support, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to General Public

A sizable portion of my initial consults are with parents frustrated in achieving their custody or visitation goals in the family court.  Often these parents

Why I’m sticking with remote mediations

Posted Thursday, November 17th, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Law Practice Management, Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Early in the COVID era, the South Carolina Supreme Court authorized mediations using video conferencing. Despite the return of relative normalcy to the operation of

Whose signatures are needed for family court consent orders?

Posted Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

In the pre-COVID days, one could typically get temporary orders approved with just the attorneys’ signatures and could almost always get procedural orders approved with

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